Bringing the outside in.

If there has ever been a time when we value our homes and the space we live in, I’d say it’s now. For the past few months, we have been asked to stay home. We have spent more time than ever working, learning, and staying safe…at home. It has made us realize that there are spaces that we have… Read More

Introducing the Joyful Home Shop!

They say that Spring brings new growth…

Isn’t that so very true?! After months, and months of preparation, I’m excited to announce that I have decided to grow Mandeville Canyon Designs this Spring! You see, there was always this little seed in my gut, yearning to sprout new shoots. I kept feeling it, but just wasn’t sure it was time… Read More

Air, Wellness and Interior Design

Well, times sure have changed since the day I started writing this interior design blog post. And things seem to be changing on a daily basis.  It’s a little challenging to keep up with, but I sincerely hope that all of my readers are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

Thank you for subscribing to my blog, and… Read More

5 Reasons to Use Wood in Your Design

Incorporating wood into your interior design is more than just a trend. It’s been done for decades and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. And there’s good reason for that!

Take Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced the word “organic” to the world of architecture in the early 1900’s. Wright coined the term “form and function are one” using… Read More

Making more space.

Have you ever noticed that each room in your house has an unspoken purpose? Dining rooms are to dine in, kitchens to cook in, bedrooms to sleep in…you get the point. But what happens when a room calls for a multipurpose space? These rooms can be a little trickier to design, but with some careful planning, they can really cover… Read More

Wabi Sabi- Designing the Imperfect


I am the first to embrace imperfection. I have lived in old houses, been man-down because we have four kids, and loved our fair share of rescue animals (although I would argue that they are all practically perfect!).

But I would be lying if I said that, in this day and age, I didn’t get swept up in the… Read More

Spring Clean Up!

Organized to Perfection

Imagine an elephant walking into your living room and taking a seat. For most of us that would take up a considerable amount of room. Yet according to the show “Clean Sweep”, that is the average weight of the stuff they take out of each and every home!

       Photo by Chatsworth Consulting


Americans have a… Read More

10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep, Starting Tonight!

photo courtesy of Mark Scott

Alright, in our last blog we hopefully got your attention about how important a good nights sleep can be! It can affect your decision making, health and safety!

This week we get to the good news! You can take some simple actions tonight to be on your way to feeling more rested, energized and creative!… Read More

The Joy and Beauty of Sleep

Sleeping under the sun in Zanzibar

There is nothing more dreamy than snuggling up under a down comforter with your favorite jammies ( or better yet sans jammies), a cool breeze, a dark room and nothing on your mind but sweet slumber. Sound familiar? Probably not as it turns out almost 80% of us Americans do not get enough… Read More

Design Predictions for 2018~ Back to the Future

photo courtesy of Style Arch

If you are anything like me you want timeless, simple design that doesn’t change with the wind, but I am still guilty of trolling Pinterest for a little bit of In the Moment Bling. A little goes a long ways and these trends are here to stay!

1. Deep Rich Saturated Colors

From Pantone, to… Read More

They’re back….To School That Is!

First day of kindergarten to first day of college

Well, if your house is anything like ours, it’s been a week of excitement, anticipation, denial, and procrastination (yup at least one of my kids went to class today with just a pencil and a piece of notebook paper. My minimalist!)

Whether you are sending your last off to college (that… Read More

To Bed, To Bed, To Bed

House Beautiful

So, every night about this time of year, I am lulled off to sleep by the gentle dance of the leafy trees, the breeze tickling my eyelashes and the hypnotic dance of crickets and cicadas. I rock gently in my porch bed, dreaming of, well sleeping in a porch bed.

Some day I will make my sleeping porch… Read More

Red, White, and Blue! Who Knew!

With less than a week before we celebrate our nations independence, we couldn’t think of a better time to explore some fabulous color combinations featuring our country’s symbolic color palette.

photo courtesy of Contemporary Home Decoration


First a little history lesson into the meaning of these iconic colors…

White signifies Purity and Innocence

Red signifies Hardiness and Valor

photo… Read More

Three’s a Charm~ Yellows Summer Sweetness

photo courtesy of Dreams Time


So, they say if you see, hear or speak something three separate times, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention to it. When it comes to color, it’s not hard to get my attention!


Yellow Chain Tree

From cheerful doors, to dramatic trees, playful furniture and wallpaper, and even a honey colored… Read More

Cheers Dad! Father’s Day Gift Guide

So, truth be known, Father’s Day is not the easiest of holidays now that the kids are grown.Time was a tie cake or a minor league baseball game was a sure thing, now Time at all is a precious gift.

my gang circa 1998

As a design family any member is bound to be gifted a book on 1001 Chairs… Read More

We are a Decked out!

Decks by Kiefer


We are in high outdoor gear here at Mandeville Canyon Designs. This summer includes a fabulous pool, some whimsical gardens and great new decks all around.

Now that it is unofficially officially summer, what could be better than enjoying a day of lounging around a new deck grilling and hanging out with friends, or curling… Read More

Divine dining room design!

When it comes to dining rooms, I think there are 2 types of homeowners: those that love having a formal dining room for hosting family gatherings and large parties, and those who will maybe use the dining room table once or twice a year and spend the remainder of the year wondering what to do with that space so that… Read More